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District attorney seeks clues in cold case

Original post made on Apr 11, 2014

The Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office is asking the public for clues to the murder of a teen girl whose nude body was found with more than 60 stab wounds in Sunnyvale 31 years ago.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, April 10, 2014, 7:57 AM

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Posted by A Sad Loss
a resident of Adobe-Meadows
on Apr 11, 2014 at 12:59 am

I appreciate the effort to try to resolve these cold cases, with new technology there is hope. Unfortunately, after more than 30 years the odds of turning up a new witness is remote. Nevertheless, I will pray for resolution of this brutal murder, and also for the family of Karen Stitt - I pray they have found acceptance in the Lord's plan and know that Karen is in a better place, waiting to see them again when the time is right.

I also pray the authorities are able to find, and incarcerate, the criminal responsible for robbing this young woman of her adult life.


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Posted by McGruff753
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 12, 2014 at 7:47 pm

I have been holding onto hope year after year Karen's killer(s) will be brought to justice. It was one of the driving forces for my desire to become a police officer. Karen's life was cut way too short.

I remember coming home from camping at Pinnacles with my mom, step-dad, sister, and out next door neighbor over the Labor Day weekend, just before school starting that next Tuesday. When we got home from camping, my neighbor called me and asked me what Karen's last name was. When I told her Karen's last name, she told me she had been murdered. She then brought me over the newspaper for me to read.

I remember her funeral. It was the first day of my Junior year of high school. When I had people razzing me about showing up to school in a suit, and I told them I was going to a funeral, they did not know yet about Karen. I had to explain to them. And they all came to the funeral that day.

While I realize what "A Sad Loss" stated is true, "after more than 30 years the odds of turning up a new witness is remote"...I will ALWAYS hold on to hope the break they need to get this case solved will come.

I was one of Karen's ex-boyfriends from the previous school year, so she will always have a special place in my heart.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 12, 2014 at 8:00 pm

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McGruff753 - I am so sorry for your loss. I knew her family, and I recall how staggering this was for them all.

All of this time, I thought she was found behind the garden center, not a restaurant.

For those of us who have lost loved ones to murder, it's a whole other type of nightmare that we never wake up from.


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Posted by McGruff753
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Apr 13, 2014 at 10:03 pm

McGruff753 is a registered user.

Hmmm, First, thank you. Every September I'm thinking about her. I probably always will until justice is served, and probably beyond. And now that this is back in the headlines, it has her on my mind hoping more information will come in.

Where Golfland is now used to be the Woolworth garden center. There was an alleyway between the garden center and the Honey Bee restaurant. I believe it was a driver making a delivery to Woolworth who found her that Sunday morning. I remember the original story said he thought she was a mannequin at first.

It sounds like you lost someone to murder as well?


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